GRIN LOW AND BUXTON
Looking down on Buxton from the southern side of the town is Grin Low, an attractive area of woodland and upland grassland, which is now a popular country park. It was at onetime much different! When the lime burning industry and quarrying dominated the landscape, but over the years helped by good farming practices it has recovered.
The focal point is Solomon's Temple, where you can climb the spiral staircase to the viewing platform and enjoy a splendid view of Buxton and the surrounding area. The tower was a favourite place in Victorian times for visitors who having taken the waters at the natural baths, who walked the short distance from the town centre up the hillside to relax and benefit from the fresh air and lovely scenery.
Evidence of man's activity at Grin Low dates back over 5,000 years to the Stone Age, when the hill was used for religious rites. In more recent times the quarrying and burning of limestone turned the area into an eyesore with huge white spoil heaps dominating the scene. Fortunately in the late 1970s Derbyshire County Council, together with Buxton and District Civic Society commenced an extensive reclamation project, which transformed the site into an attractive country park.
The 100 acre of woodland was planted by the 6th Duke of Devonshire around 1820 to hide the quarrying and limestone burning operations from the town. It is now a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the wide range of plant life, the many wild animals and birds which frequent the woods. Several trails lead you through the woods before perhaps visiting Solomon's Temple, Poole's Cavern and if you are physically fit and enjoy a challenge, Go Ape.
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GRIN LOW AND BUXTON
Looking down on Buxton from the southern side of the town is Grin Low, an attractive area of woodland and upland grassland, which is now a popular country park. Where you can visit Solomon's Temple for fantastic views, Poole’s Cavern which runs deep beneath the hillside and Go Ape for a hire wire adventure.
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Visitors arriving in Buxton for the first time from the bleak moorlands cannot be blamed for pinching themselves in some disbelief as they emerge into a town with fine parks and grand old buildings.
It was in the 1780s that Buxton really came to prominence as a spa. The fifth Duke of Devonshire using the profits he had made from his copper mines at Ecton in the Manifold Valley, embarked on a costly campaign to attract and accommodate more visitors in what was then only a tiny Peakland village.
From Buxton Country Park the walk soon climbs up to the moors and as Stanley Moor is approached there are good views over Axe Edge and from the best vantage points at the top of the climb Kinder Scout can be seen in the distance.
The effort in climbing up to Solomon’s Temple is well rewarded on a clear day with magnificent views over Buxton. Poole’s Cavern was awarded ‘First wonder of the Peak’ status by Charles Cotton in his book written in 1680. It is a natural cave and provided the home for a thief and robber named ‘Poole’ in the 1400’s. The source of the river Wye it is well worth a visit along with Buxton itself.
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